Man sentenced to 6 years in heroin overdose death -

Man sentenced to 6 years in heroin overdose death

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A southwestern Illinois man has been ordered to spend six years in prison after he admitted his role in the heroin overdose death of another man.

A Madison County judge sentenced 32-year-old Kip Joyce of Granite City on Tuesday after Joyce pleaded guilty to a charge of drug-induced homicide. Prosecutors dropped a charge of concealing a homicide.

Authorities say Joyce supplied the heroin that killed 54-year-old William Javaux (jah-VOH') of Granite City last February.

Prosecutors say Joyce, Javaux and Javaux's niece, Erin Brown, drove to Missouri, where Joyce bought heroin before the trio injected the drug on a parking lot. Javaux overdosed, and his body was found on a rural Roxana road.

Brown pleaded guilty in March to a homicide-concealment count and was sentenced to two years of probation.

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